Foundations 111 Henkle
Throughout the Bible, we see many different qualities in our God. Several attitudes surface within the events of its history. Throughout time, people have debated these attitudes and their origins because often, like in the books of Exodus, Hosea, and Amos, there are several examples of how God is compassionate and forgiving while He is also vindictive and demanding. So, what kind of God is He? This can be illustrated in the story of the Israelites. We see a very compassionate, loving God in the book of Exodus. Earlier he had released the Israelites from bondage to Egypt, and now He is establishing a promised land, the land of Canaan, for them to live in perfect harmony by and with Him as a reward for keeping their covenant. “…you shall utterly demolish them [your enemies] and break their pillars to pieces. You shall worship the Lord your God and I will bless your bread and your water; and I will take sickness away from among you. No one shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.” (23.24-26) God loves once again in Exodus just after the Israelites had escaped the land of Egypt and camped in Sinai. This is the place where the Lord spoke to Moses and said, “…You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a hold nation.” (19.4-6) This is God’s promise to the people of Israel saying He will love and protect them just as you would your ‘treasured possession.’ This passage reflects on God’s longing for a relationship with the chosen country and a desire to bless them in ways they cannot fathom. God expresses his love in Hosea through redemption. “…Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for...
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